DUSHANBE, May 28, 2015, Asia-Plus – The Prosecutor-General’s Office has set up a special commission to study all available information on the Tajik OMON (special police unit) commander.

Manouchehr Mahmoudzoda, the head of the Department for International Cooperation at the Prosecutor-General’s Office, says the commission members include representatives of the Interior Ministry, the Prosecutor-General’s Office and the State Committee for National Security (SCNS).

According to him, criminal proceedings will be instituted only after processing of all available information on the OMON commander, not only the video statement.

We will recall that the special police unit commander Gulmurod Halimov who has been missing for weeks reappeared on the Internet, claiming that he has joined Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in protest at official restrictions on religious observance back home.

In a video posted on YouTube on May 27, Colonel Gulmurod Halimov says that Tajik labor migrants "must stop serving infidels" in Russia and join ISIL in Syria and Iraq in order to establish Shari''a law in other countries, including Tajikistan.

Halimov reportedly joined Tajik police force in the early 1990s and attended training courses in Moscow and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the last several years.  He was appointed as commander of the special police unit on 20102.